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Hampstead

  • Comedy
  • Drama
  • 2016
  • Joel Hopkins
  • 98 mins
  • 12A

Summary

Comedy drama starring Diane Keaton and Brendan Gleeson. Homeless man Donald has built an immaculate shack on the grounds of a disused Hampstead hospital and faces eviction. Local widow Emily comes to his aid.

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

Set in the well-to-do London district, this socially conscious trifle sees a weary American widow (Diane Keaton) put aside her financial woes to take up the cause of a shack-dwelling curmudgeon (Brendan Gleeson), whose home on Hampstead Heath is being threatened by developers. Loosely based on a true story, but with added romance, Hampstead takes inspiration from Richard Curtis and Nancy Meyers but comes courtesy of Joel Hopkins (Last Chance Harvey). Unlike Notting Hill, it knows its onions when it comes to the character of its location, capturing the area's village ambience and uneasy mix of do-gooders and the abrasively affluent, while the gentrification theme is contemporary and pertinent. If the leads are well cast, the film is terribly nervous about their burgeoning relationship, a lack of confidence that's infectious, and the absence of spark in both script and execution is disappointing, too. In fact, considering this almost soporifically gentle romantic comedy delivers on neither the romance nor comedy front, it doesn't so much stumble as never really gets off the ground.

Credits

Cast

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EmilyDiane Keaton
Donald HornerBrendan Gleeson
FionaLesley Manville
James SmytheJason Watkins
PhilipJames Norton
Judge AdamsSimon Callow
WigginAdeel Akhtar
Steve CrowleyAlistair Petrie
ErikHugh Skinner
SusanRosalind Ayres

Crew

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DirectorJoel Hopkins

Details

Theatrical distributor
Entertainment One
Released on
2017-06-23
Languages
English
Guidance
Swearing.
Available on
DVD
Formats
Colour
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